Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey easily took the Valentine’s Day box office, earning $81.7 million.

The big screen adaptation of the novel by British author E.L. James was released at the perfect time, helping it become the second-highest February debut ever, behind 2004’s Passion of the Christ, which opened with $83.9 million. North American audiences who saw the film consisted of 68 percent female.

In it, literature student Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

The weekend’s other wide release was director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, which landed at #2 with $35.6 million. The R-rated comic book adaptation, starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, is centered around a spy organization who recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into its training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Last weekend’s top movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, falls to #3 with $30.5 million this week to bring its domestic haul to $93.6 million; American Sniper came in fourth with $16.4 million; and Jupiter Ascending closes out the top 5 with $9.4 million and $32.5 million in two weekends.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the Lionsgate comedy The DUFF, and the sports drama McFarland, USA.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. Fifty Shades of Grey, $81.7 million ($158 million international).
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $35.6 million ($23.1 million international).
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $30.5 million ($13.5 million international).
4. American Sniper, $16.4 million ($3.7 million international).
5. Jupiter Ascending, $9.4 million ($15.6 million international).
6. Seventh Son, $4.2 million ($730,000 international).
7. Paddington, $4.1 million.
8. The Imitation Game, $3.5 million ($4 million international).
9. The Wedding Ringer, $3.4 million.
10. Project Almanac, $2.7 million ($340,000 international).